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iLife '04: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Changing Backgrounds

More than any other menu component, your background sets the tone. It provides the look and atmosphere that defines the entire menu screen, and choosing a new background can add a unique twist to an existing theme.

Background Still Images

Using a graphics file as a backdrop is a lot easier than using a video as a backdrop. You don’t have to think about timing and loops, and you don’t have to worry about how the motion will interact with your buttons and drop zones.

Adding a background image 1: Preserving drop zones

It’s incredibly easy to change the backdrop for a particular menu screen: Just drag any graphics file directly onto the existing background. (Avoid dropping it onto a button or a drop zone.) You can drag a JPEG file, for example, right out of the Finder, out of iPhoto if it’s open, or out of the Photos pane of the Customize drawer.

iDVD instantly sets the image as your new menu background.

Adding a background image 2: Overwriting drop zones

If you’d rather cover up any existing drop zones, replacing the background with a single image, drag a graphics file into the Background well, identified in Figure 22-2.

Tip

Both of the preceding techniques change only the currently displayed menu screen. To apply the change to all menu screens, choose Advanced Apply Theme To Project.

In the Customize drawer, click the Settings button. Drag a graphics file into the Background well (from the Finder or from iPhoto, for example). iDVD installs the graphic as the new background, covering up any drop zones in the process.

Figure 22-2. In the Customize drawer, click the Settings button. Drag a graphics file into ...

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